Mitcham schools celebrate success

Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Williams, recognised the achievements of schools across Mitcham at a ‘Celebration of Success’ event held at St Marks Academy last week.

Organised by the 10 schools and two Mitcham community groups which make up the Mitcham Town Cluster, the ‘Celebration of Success’ evening was the first annual event showcasing the work and efforts of schools and pupils across Mitcham. Youngsters from Cricket Green, Bond Primary, Benedict Primary, Cranmer Primary, Liberty Primary, Haslemere Primary, SS Peter and Paul, St Thomas of Canterbury, and St Mark’s Academy schools celebrated the achievements of Mitcham schools this year including the success of the Cluster Study Support Centre and the SHINE Saturday School. Designed to provide a stimulating and modern teaching environment, the Cluster Study Support Centre is a joint project across Mitcham schools to help students progress more rapidly with their studies. The SHINE Saturday School is another of the cluster’s successes this year and gets pupils involved in positive activities on Saturdays and during summer holidays including healthy lifestyle and IT games creation courses.

As well as commending Mitcham schools for their achievements, the Mayor and Councillor Martin Whelton awarded pupils with certificates and book prizes for acts of random kindness over the past year such as helping other pupils and teachers, encouraging all classmates to get involved in games together and showing kindness and courtesy to everyone. With music entertainment from St Marks Samba Band, a performance from Cranmer School Choir and an arts exhibition on the evening, 60 Mitcham pupils attended the ceremony as well as teachers, education partners and representatives from Merton Council.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Williams said: ‘I was very proud to see our young people and schools in Mitcham celebrate their successes and achievements over the past year. The celebration event at Mitcham was very enjoyable and a great tribute to their hard work.’

Merton Council cabinet member for education, Councillor Martin Whelton said: ‘Mitcham Town Cluster has worked hard alongside its partners to ensure that the standard of education in Mitcham is continuously improving. With many new learning and support projects and activities in Mitcham schools, the town cluster as well as pupils and schools should be proud of their achievements and efforts over the past year. The evening of celebration was a real credit to everyone involved.’

Mitcham Town Cluster Development Manager Kristina Burton said: ‘Mitcham schools work very hard to accommodate all their pupils, teachers and staff. By working together as a cluster, we can provide a higher standard of education and extra resources to make everyone’s school experience in Mitcham really enjoyable. I’m glad that the celebration event was such a great evening and I hope that next year will show as many successes and reasons for celebration.’